Flexibility is a huge factor that influences a sustainable & healthy diet. I didn’t go into as much depth as I would have liked to in regards to this topic, so I will now.
Good Foods – Bad Foods?
I strongly believe one of the main reasons dieting is so hard for a lot of people, is because they put labels on foods. They classify all types of food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, for example. Think back to when you were a child and your parents told you not to do something… what did you usually do? You did just that thing. Similarly, when you’re told or you tell yourself you can’t have a certain food, you’ll want it. When this happens, once you get your hands on it, it’s a strong possibility binge eating will take place. Especially after restricting yourself from something you genuinely enjoy. Pizza alone will NOT make you fat. It’s the overconsumption and binging that does it for most people. Carbs alone will NOT make you fat. It’s the misinterpretation of how much you’re actually eating of it that throws most people off.
Don’t Let Your Diet Control Your Life
Next, you should make your diet fit your life, not make your life fit your diet... Pause and think about it for a minute. Your diet should not determine what you do throughout the day and it definitely should not affect the way you live. Especially those who are not looking to compete, but to simply cut down some fat. Far too many people get caught up in their diet that it starts to affect those around them. Ever seen someone turn down a birthday dinner for someone special because their diet didn’t allow for food a restaurant made? I have… Things like this occur often actually. This is where flexible dieting comes into play and can be very beneficial. All I’m trying to say is don’t be that person. Be flexible, and live your life. Life happens.
Prepare Meals That You Actually Enjoy Having
Lastly, if you are dreading your next meal, you should probably think about a new way to approach your diet. If you don’t actually enjoy what you eat, chances are you won’t be sticking to the program for very long. Too often people constantly eat foods they don’t enjoy because they are ‘healthy’ and they think it will suddenly help with weight loss. You DO NOT need to eat tilapia and broccoli to have a successful weight loss diet. Once again, be flexible, and follow the diet you can see yourself actually sticking to.
If you are flexible with your diet and you eat the foods you actually enjoy while holding yourself accountable, you will be amazed at the results you will see and the progress you will make.
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